Below we have compiled a list of helpful information and resources for those impacted by the winter storm last week. We will continue to update this list as needed.
Catholic Charities Fort Worth is unable to accept new applications for financial assistance at this time. However, we will continue to provide community resources and referral information, including for food, shelter, SNAP and benefits enrollment. We will notify you here when we are able to begin accepting applications for financial assistance. Please see below for community resources or call our Community Care Team at 817.534.0814 from 8am to 12pm Monday thru Thursday.
How to Find Help
Have you ever been in a disaster before? Here are four key steps for disaster recovery. These steps apply only to individuals who own their home and have lost property and/or incurred damages due to winter storms.
1. Apply for help through your insurance company.
2. If you don’t have insurance, apply for an individual disaster grant through FEMA here. This is for storm related issues that are not covered by insurance.
3. If you are denied by FEMA, apply with the Small Business Administration (SBA) for a long-term, low-interest loan to help cover the cost of recovery. More information available here.
4. If denied by SBA, look for state and local resources, such as those listed below.
What is the State of Texas Doing to Provide Assistance?
- The HHSC will replace lost and damaged food for SNAP recipients who complete and mail in the H1855 form, which can be found here. Once completed, fax form to 1.877.447.2839 or mail to PO Box 149027, Austin, TX, 78714-9027. Applications are valid through 3/31/21. More information available here.
- Texans who receive SNAP food benefits can buy hot food such as rotisserie chicken and prepared foods from a store’s deli at retailers that accept SNAP through March 31.
- The IRS is giving all Texas residents and businesses an additional two months to file their federal income taxes. Texans will now have until June 15 to file their 2020 returns. The extension also includes any taxes that would have been owed by April 15, as well as any business returns that otherwise would have been due on March 15. Texans also will have until June 15 to make 2020 IRA contributions. The extension will be automatic for anyone living in Texas, which means they won’t have to file forms requesting more time to file.
Community Resources by County
If you are a homeowner, please call the Crisis Cleanup hotline at 844.965.1386. More information available here.
Ongoing updates for water distribution locations can be found here or by texting HELLO to 817.835.6939.
Resource sheets for emergency assistance (in both English and Spanish) can be found through the City of Fort Worth here.
The Waterline Assistance through Emergency Repairs (WATER) program will help Fort Worth residents with home repairs due to damage incurred during the winter storm. Learn more here.
- You can also fill out this questionnaire to find personalized disaster assistance.
- Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) is encouraging Texans to complete the Self Reporting Damage Survey to help the state identify damages across Texas and help emergency management officials gain an understanding of damages that occurred during the recent winter weather. This data is also needed to provide information to FEMA and highlight the need for federal disaster assistance for individuals. Reporting damage to the Texas Division of Emergency Management is a voluntary activity, is not a substitute for reporting damage to an insurance agency and does not guarantee disaster relief assistance.
- The Texas Public Utility Commission is hitting pause on disconnecting customers for not paying their bills following the winter storm that left some with extremely high electricity bills. Read more here.
If you would like to help us support our clients through this disaster and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, you can donate here.